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Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid (right), speaks with Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Bernardo Hernandez (left), at an orientation session for Cuban teachers held on August 31 at Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Others (from 2nd left) are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Maurice Smith; and Deputy Chief Education Officer, Schools Operation Unit, Dorrett Campbell.
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KINGSTON (JIS) — Twenty Cuban teachers will be taking up positions in primary, secondary and junior high schools across the island in the new academic term, which commences on September 5. The teachers, who will be providing instruction in Spanish, physics, mathematics, chemistry and physical education for three years, replace their colleagues, whose three-year tenure expired at the end of the 2015/16 academic year. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who welcomed the teachers at an orientation session at Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on August 31, cited the excellence of the Cuban education system. He noted that there is much that Jamaica can learn from the Spanish-speaking country. “Your literacy rates are among the highest in the world. Jamaica is very grateful for the long and cordial relationship we have maintained with Cuba. Your (contributions) to Jamaica’s social development are well noted,” Senator Reid said.
Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Bernardo Hernandez, said his Government remains committed to increasing cooperation between the countries’ Ministries of Education.
“Cuba reiterates its willingness to further develop collaboration with Jamaica and its programmes on the basis that education should be a right for all,” he said.
The recruitment was facilitated under the bilateral agreement on education between the countries for the provision of professional and academic support, through their respective Ministries of Education.
The teachers will serve in the six education regions spanning the island’s 14 parishes.
Cuban teachers have served in Jamaica since both countries signed the bilateral agreement in 1997.
Also on hand to welcome the teachers were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Maurice Smith; Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean; and Deputy Chief Education Officer, Schools Operation Unit, Dorrett Campbell.